Photo Friday: Where is the Water?

Remember this scene from early May as I described the two feet of rainfall received in the month of April? What happened to all of that water? We will miss out on our second of three cuttings of hay this year, ponds are getting shallow, and grass in the pastures is at a standstill. AND I have already fed a few bales of hay this month.

Thankfully, we did receive an inch of rain this week with a brief afternoon thunderstorm, that brought along blinding rain, heavy winds, and even a few downed trees that fell on county roads and fences (always more fence to fix). I was out brush hogging a pasture as I watched the dark clouds roll in from the NorthWest. At first it looked like all the others storms, and thought it would blow right by. But the winds soon picked up and I could see the lightning getting close. I pulled the tractor into a clearing so I could have a viewpoint and shut er down to enjoy the show. I just sat there and took it all in — sight, sound, smell, feel, but no taste (I do respect the cloud to ground lightning). It was awesome.

Even though the rain gauge show’s we’re within an inch of normal annual precipitation, it’s very dry. Most of that moisture came in April and most of that ran straight into the creeks, ponds, and rivers. Hopefully we’ll be receiving rain on a more normal basis soon, because pastures are running short and hay supplies are low across the region without much of a turnaround in sight.

When was the last time you were able to sit out and enjoy a thunderstorm like this?


  1. We are beyond bone dry. All tanks dry. Not one bit of green in pastures. Haying, haying, haying. Animals even think it is too hot. We are desperate for rain and lots of it.

  2. I think all the water is up here…we have fields and fields of it thanks to the flooding. I would send some your way if I could :o) Great post!

  3. I’m starting to believe my investment in bought and paid for hay this year was worth the purchase. I’d still be waiting, and the peace of mind would be waning.

  4. Ryan, hope you can get some rain soon. Keeping you and others in similar situations in prayer.

    We have received good and timely rains all summer long. Yesterday we had a 30% chance and ended up with a half inch in the late afternoon. It has been that way all summer. We keep dodging hail, wind and tornadoes, but have had some close calls.

    We are thankful that the pastures look great and the cattle are doing well. Crops and hay are doing well also. Haying has been a challenge. I think we have one field that got put up dry. My husband is trying to get in to swath hay bet barley and it is to wet.

  5. Visited with some cattlemen in Eastern Arkansas yesterday. Many graze their cattle on river levees, and I caught myself starting at all of the grass over there. Guess that’s one thing about being on the major rivers. The floods soaked the soil, and the nearby river keeps things green!

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